All of our polymer ribs are made of unique flexible materials that are resistant to wear and the formation of burrs. We've found that with general use these ribs become burnished over time. Each polymer rib shape is available in variations of flexibility.
Red - Very Soft
Yellow - Soft
Green - Medium
Blue - Firm
Whether you are throwing clay on the wheel, hand building or sculpting, the pottery rib is a classic and essential tool. It acts as an extension of the potters hand to create shapes and surfaces that fingers alone can not achieve.
Shape 0 is our smallest rib and one of our best sellers. The traditional kidney-shape is the most universally recognized clay tool. These little ribs can get into tight places and are good for detail work. The Red Very Soft is excellent for finishing rims.
Shape 1 is our best seller. Not too big and not too small. It's just right. You need one in your toolbox-really you do. The traditional kidney-shaped rib is the most universally recognized pottery tool. It fits well in the hand and is useful for sculpting, hand building and throwing clay.
Shape 2 is the firstborn in the Mudtools family. It is a remake of Michael Sherrill’s favorite old rib and a workhorse for throwing, smoothing and compressing.
Shape 3 is 5" wide and gives a good sweep across the clay. This is a good rib if you throw larger objects. Michael Sherrill uses the Green Medium or Blue Firm because they are stiffer and bite into the clay.
Sometimes you need to make a point! The corner on Shape 4 gives a beautiful line on the clay. You also get two flat surfaces and three radiuses. Michael wants this one in his toolbox if he’s stranded on a deserted island.
Shape 5 is the same traditional kidney-shape as Shapes 0 & 1, only bigger. It offers more surface coverage, making it great for smoothing a slab of clay.